Scout.com combines hit the Midwest

<b>Champaign, Illinois</b> - After two very successful combines at Duke University and Jacksonville, the Scout.com combine circuit heads to the Midwest this weekend for a stop at the University of Illinois.

Champaign is the first of two Midwest stops for the Scout.com combines. We'll be in Akron, Ohio in late May.

Looking to the Champaign combine, that will start late Saturday afternoon, there will be several top prospects from seven different states in attendance.

Top heavy positions include the offensive line where Wisconsin's Jake Bscherer, a 6-foot-7, 280-pounder, from Sturgeon Bay is ready to show why he's the #1 prospect in the Badger State.

Offensive lineman Ramone Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 315-pounder, from Chicago (Morgan Park), is arguably the best prospect in the Land of Lincoln and he'll be on hand this weekend as well.

Indiana's Cody Faulkner, is a tough, hard-nosed, road-grader that has several offers under his belt and he's receiving interest from schools from coast-to-coast.

A few defensive lineman ready to make names for themselves include Indiana's Jason Onyebuagu. The 6-foot-2, 305-pound, defensive tackle, from Indianapolis (Warren Central) could be the strongest prospect at the combine.

Onyebuagu will be joined on the defensive line by Missouri's Aleric Mullins. Mullins is a cat-quick defensive tackle that already has offers from the likes of North Carolina, North Carolina State and Missouri.

There will also be plenty of skill position athletes in attendance.

Looking at the quarterback position, two quarterbacks stand out. Chicago's Demetrius Jones already has offers from Notre Dame and Illinois while Michigan's Mike Canfield was a top performer at the All-American combine in San Antonio.

I'm most interested in checking out the wide receiver position where three of the top receivers at the combine all hail from Land of Lincoln.

Chicago's Chris James, Bolingbrook's Carl Fisher and Decatur's Marques Wilkins will all be on hand showing why they have been offered early scholarships.

Michigan's Adrian Cannon is a wide receiver with a few scholarship offers including one from the University of Illinois.

Scout.com will get a first hand look why Indianapolis (Warren Central) is considered a perennial power in the Midwest.

Head Coach Kevin Wright is loading up the vans and bringing several prospects to Champaign and all are D-1 prospects.

Warren Central's top prospects include the aforementioned Jason Onyebuagu, linebacker Andre' Hatchett and athlete Dexter Taylor, who Coach Wright feels is better than former Mr. Indiana Football and current Purdue Boilermaker Desmond Tardy.

Here's the scary thing about Warren Central. Their '07 class is going to be even better than the '06 crop. Warren Central running back Darren Evans, a sophomore sensation, could be the best running back prospect in the Midwest next season.

Another sophomore sensation set to attend the combine is Bolingbrook, Ill., tailback Dale Martin. How good is Martin? He'll be one of the most sought after prospects in the country next year.

Bolingbrook is known for their running backs and coaches at "The Brook" feel that Martin is the best to ever walk the halls.

Who are a few of the top sleepers set to attend the combine? Not many people know about Illinois quarterback Jared Funk but they will by the end of this weekend. Another Illinois gunslinger, Isiah Williams, is said to be a Byron Leftwitch clone.

A couple of Illinois linebackers, Osahon Tongo and Kevin Green Jr. are two of the most underrated linebackers in the Midwest.

It's going to be an exciting weekend and we're excited get combine #3 underway.

Why attend the Scout.com combines? Besides being an official selection partner of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Scout.com, with 2.5 million unique users per month, is the #1 media outlet in the world covering football and basketball recruiting.

No person or company will get these prospects more coverage over the next year than Scout.com. There profiles and updates will be read by literally millions of people.

Check back on Sunday to find out which prospects shined at which sleeper prospects emerged from the Champaign combine.


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